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Saw, Tun Lin (2023) 'Expecting the Unexpected: New Archaeological Finds at the Shwedagon Pagoda [မျှော်မှန်းမထားသည်များအတွက်ကြိုတင်ပြင်ဆင်ထားပါ – ရွှေတိဂုံစေတီတော်မှ အသစ်တွေ့ရှေးဟောင်းသုတေသနအထောက်အထားများ].' Pratu: Journal of Buddhist and Hindu Art, Architecture and Archaeology of Ancient to Premodern Southeast Asia, 2 (Report 1). pp. 1-20.

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The Shwedagon Pagoda situated on Singuttara Hill in the centre of Yangon, is traditionally believed to have existed during the lifetime of the Buddha. Some archaeological remnants of earlier periods have occasionally been found during renovation and reconstruction projects. However, no published reports exist of previous finds on this site, nor have there been archaeological excavations to prove whether the legendary origins of the stupa are accurate or not. However, this report on unexpected archaeological finds at the Shwedagon Pagoda, demonstrates that material evidence of different periods does exist, and that this evidence can be understood within its respective stratigraphic contexts, dating from as early as the 15th century.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This is the first bilingual (English and Burmese) report to be published by Pratu.
Keywords: Shwedagon, excavation, Buddha images, ceramics, tiles, glaze
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Arts
Departments and Subunits > School of Arts > Department of the History of Art & Archaeology
SOAS Open Access Journals > Pratu: Journal of Buddhist and Hindu Art, Architecture and Archaeology of Ancient to Premodern Southeast Asia
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General)
N Fine Arts > NB Sculpture
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
ISSN: 2634176X
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2023 12:26

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